Reports linking Tottenham Hotspur with West Ham United’s ‘wantaway’ star Issa Diop are as far-fetched as they sound.
According to a report from French media outlet Foot Mercato, signing West Ham ace Issa Diop is Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho’s number one priority this summer.
And the French centre-back would reportedly agree to swapping east London for north London.
David Moyes would not want to lose one of his best defenders, especially to Spurs. And especially as he goes about building a young, hungry West Ham squad (whufc.com).
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22.5 million (Mirror).
Report claims ‘wantaway’ Diop would welcome Spurs move
West Ham now value Diop at three times that amount (Daily Mail).
When Diop was linked with Manchester United in the summer, Hammers fans were perhaps not surprised. But the mere mention of Tottenham is farcical.
Not because Spurs are not a big club. They are. But so are West Ham. Tottenham look highly unlikely to be in the Champions League next season, though, so it is hardly a huge step up.
Then there are the finances. Tottenham have been famously frugal under Daniel Levy, much to the chagrin of supporters.
West Ham – like most clubs – are likely to feel the financial consequences of the global health crisis.
But Spurs, saddled with the expense of their impressive new stadium, look set to be hit worse than most.
Worst hit Tottenham limited to free transfers and swaps
It comes as Spurs face up to the loss over more than £10million in revenue due to cancelled events at their new ground.
The Telegraph reports that Spurs are among the Premier League clubs hit hardest by the shutdown of football and public gatherings, given their reliance on the money made through their £1 billion stadium and the loan repayments still owed.
“Spurs used up their cash reserves on the new stadium without taking public money and have a number of loans which they must pay off,” The Telegraph reports.
“They also rely heavily on their matchday and ticket revenue… with billionaire owner Joe Lewis no longer putting any of his own money into the club.”
‘Dream on Jose, Issa never gonna happen’
West Ham may look unlikely to be doing any big business this summer.
But cash-strapped Mourinho is dreaming if he thinks he has any chance of landing Diop.
And it is also doubtful whether Diop really would welcome a move.
He only recently told Europe 1 he is committed to West Ham for the long-term.
Diop was asked if he felt playing for a bigger club would improve his chances of making the France squad.
The young defender quickly pointed out that playing for West Ham did not do Dimitri Payet’s chances any harm.